Ted Cruz To Get A Democratic Challenger In 2018 Senate Race

O'Rourke took office in 2013 and ran unopposed in the last election.

As O'Rourke spoke to reporters in the Capitol hallway outside the House floor, encouraging them to visit El Paso on Friday to talk more about his political plans, several House Democrats walked by, raising their fists and cheering him, saying, "Go Beto!"

O'Rourke said he speaks to Castro daily.

Cruz's campaign declined to comment on the development.

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas says he is planning a campaign announcement Friday amid reports he will challenge GOP Sen.

The former businessman's decision to run for Senate is an idea that he has reportedly toyed with for some time now. "We both agreed‎ that we've got to come to our decisions about the whether to enter the race", Castro said.

O'Rourke's chances aren't great against Cruz as no Democrat has been elected statewide since 1994.

Jones added that Castro "has always led the charge on tough fights, so one way or another, he will be on the front lines of the 2018 midterm elections doing everything he can to continue to hold Republicans accountable". O'Rourke, who now represents the far West Texas District, has made no secret of his interest in running for the seat.

Regardless of who challenges Cruz, they will have to raise a lot of money in a heavily-Republican state, and will likely face an uphill challenge to unseat Cruz.

Cruz, meanwhile, appears to be steadying his political ship after a rough post-presidential campaign stretch that included being booed off the stage at the Republican National Convention. His father once was the El Paso County judge, and O'Rourke is a former member of the El Paso city council.

But the race could still garner attention. Will Hurd, Texas Republican, on a spur-of-the-moment bipartisan road trip from San Antonio to Washington, D.C., which was documented on social media, naturally.

"Beto's been traveling across Texas for the past four months, meeting with people in communities big and small".

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